Building tribal students’ self-confidence: Karate training for self-protection

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The State police have awarded V. Krishnankutty, Sub-inspector of Police, Agali, Attappady, a “commendation certificate for excellent service rendered” for giving karate training to hundreds of tribal students. […]

He has been giving regular karate training for more than a year to tribal girls and boys from various schools of Attappady who stay in the government tribal student hostels. The Kackerkai Karate Academy has been set up for the purpose.

In March this year, at a function in Fort Maidan, Palakkad, District Collector K.V. Mohan Kumar distributed karate junior certificates to 150 tribal girls and boys who had undergone training.

This was the first attempt by the Police Department to give karate training to tribal students of Attappady, who have been facing various types of atrocities and discrimination. […]

Getting training in karate will help create self-confidence in them and protect them physically […] Nearly 200 students from the tribal hostels in Attappady were waiting for training in the next batch.


Source: The Hindu : Cities / Thiruvananthapuram : “Sub-inspector earns plaudits” (The Hindu, 23 August 2011)
Date Visited: Tue Aug 23 2011 13:09:18 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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